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The Weekender: 29 June – 1 July

Catherine May

Thu Jun 28 2012

Winter Festival Melbourne 2012

ANOTHER weekend of fun awaits with the Oz Comic-Con, open air ice skating in St Kilda, and the chance to be Barbie doll for a day. Catherine May explores. 

Hello Sailor Vintage and Crate Diggers Record Fair
Saturday 30 June, 12pm-6pm,  Yah Yah’s, Smith Street, Fitzroy
Melbourne loves a quirky market and this weekend it seems Fitzroy is hosting the best one in town. Whether you’re after some vintage threads or to buy some records from way-back-when, Yah Yah’s looks set to have something to offer you. And if you’re simply looking to wile away a few hours of the holidays without spending any money, then you’ll be glad to know that entry is free. For more information about the event, head on over to Yah Yah’s website.


Barbie: The Dream Closet
Thursday 28 June – Sunday 1 July, Westfield Doncaster
Barbie is an international star and her life (if a doll can have a ‘life’?) is being celebrated at Westfield Doncaster this weekend. The touring event was launched at New York Fashion Week and this weekend, Melbourne shoppers will get the chance to try on Barbie-style outfits and immerse themselves in their childhood dreams. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but just think of the endless Facebook profile picture opportunities…


Oz Comic-Con
Saturday 30 June – Sunday 1 July, Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre
Lovers of pop culture will be coming together this weekend to meet stars from TV and film at the MCEC. There’ll be cosplay competitions, creative workshops and opportunities to grab autographs (at additional cost) from visiting celebrities. Just remember, dressing up is actively encouraged! Ticket information can be found on the Comic-Con website.

Winter Festival, Melbourne
Until July 15, St Kilda Sea Baths
There’s most definitely been a wintery chill in the air for a while now, but instead of longing for a Northern hemisphere summer, now’s the time to be making the most of a Melburnian winter. Down in St Kilda there’s an open air ice skating rink and this Saturday there’s an 80s disco night with free drinks cards being given away to the first 50 people on the ice in costume. For more information about the fortnight of events, head to the Winter Festival website.

Game Masters at ACMI
Until 28 October, Australian Centre of the Moving Image
Want to convince yourself that you’re doing something educational with the holidays? Why not headed down to ACMI to learn more about the world’s most renowned game designers. You see, it’s an informative exhibition which means it’ll give your brain a work out, but it’s also a chance to give your thumbs a work out with over 125 playable games on display. If you want to spend a day immersing yourself in the lives of Super Mario and Co, head to the ACMI website to find out how to buy tickets.

Barry Morgan Unleashes His Organ
Saturday 30 June, 7:30pm, The Regal Ballroom, Northcote
This week’s local music offering is a bit different. Barry Morgan (real name: Stephen Teakle) is somewhat of a legend on the comedic organist circuit. Ok, so it’s a niche market, but this night out in Northcote is sure to make you chuckle and forget about looming results for a few hours! The event is taking place to launch the former Spicks and Specks guest panellist’s new album and promises original compositions performed with his trademark smile. Tickets start at $28.60 and can be bought through Barry Morgan’s website.